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Respect for Marriage Act

DOMA Zombies Surface in Congress

Ian Thompson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

DOMA forced the federal government to disrespect the legal marriages of same-sex couples regardless of where they lived. This new bill, if enacted, would force the federal government to disrespect the legal marriages of same-sex couples in (currently) more than half the country.

Working Towards an LGBT-Inclusive Platform

Ian Thompson | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

Today, one of America's two main political parties stands on the cusp of endorsing the freedom to marry for committed, loving same-sex couples. Talk about a turning of the tide. Still, as advocates for LGBT people, we cannot rest in the comfort of recent successes.

Andrea Stone

Meeting Set For Boehner Aide, Lesbian Guardsman With Cancer

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The lesbian National Guardsman whose fruitless effort to secure an audience with someone in Speaker of the House John Boehner's office w...

DOMA Repeal Ratchets Up the Pressure

James C. Hormel | Posted 01.16.2012 | Gay Voices
James C. Hormel

What today's senators need to know is that voting to ensure that all Americans enjoy the same rights does not require so much courage -- the American people are already ahead of them on these issues. Recent elections made that clear.

Breaking Down the DOMA Repeal Vote: What It Means and Where We Go

Waymon Hudson | Posted 01.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

The actual legislative road forward may be difficult in the immediate future, but there is reason to celebrate the vote and what it means for the shifting political landscape of full marriage equality.

DOMA's Defeat Is Near... But It May Come Too Late for Me and My Spouse

Alan Shayne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Alan Shayne

If the federal government recognized same-sex marriage, when I or my partner died, the other would get health benefits, his partner's social security and a big break on inheritance taxes. But we undoubtedly won't be alive when that happens.

It's Time for a 'Protect Marriage' Movement That Protects All Marriages

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Ed Bacon

As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins debate on the Respect for Marriage Act on Capitol Hill, our nation takes a much-needed step toward making liberty and justice for all not just a pledge but a reality.

In Repealing DOMA, Progress Is a Great Victory

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

As the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up the Respect for Marriage Act today, we mark a major milestone on the path to equality for all American families.

Main Street and Wall Street Agree: End DOMA

Dan Rafter | Posted 01.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Dan Rafter

In case the majority of Americans who say they support marriage equality wasn't convincing enough for repealing DOMA, 70 of the nation's leading businesses and organizations are adding their voice to the growing chorus.

Andrea Stone

Same-Sex Married Troops Ready To Sue Over Military Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- The gay advocacy group that successfully lobbied to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy plans to file a lawsuit in feder...

New Federal Rule Underscores Importance of DOMA Repeal

Ian Thompson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

It is a sad irony that DADT's demise has allowed LGB service members to serve their country openly, yet their same-sex spouses who are federal employees can be denied the ability to use FMLA time to take part in family support services.

Amanda Terkel

Record Support For Repealing Ban On Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- North Carolina Republicans pushing for a state ban on same-sex marriage may be dismayed to know that their efforts have galvanized oppos...

Religious Freedom Key To Debate On Gay Marriages

Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion

By Jack Jenkins Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Senators wrestled with issues of faith and religious freedom on Wednesday (July 20) as they...

Gay Marriage Supporters Lobby For DOMA Repeal, Compare Struggle To Civil Rights Movement

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Proponents of same-sex marriage are likening their cause to the civil rights battles, calling once more for repeal of a 1996 law th...

Momentum for DOMA Repeal Continues to Build

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Even as we in Congress work to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act legislatively, there are lawsuits challenging its constitutionality progressing through the courts around the country. The momentum in this fight is clearly on our side.

Obama Throws Weight Behind Repeal Of Federal Gay Marriage Ban

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind a bill that would repeal the federal government's ban on same-sex marriage. The president has...

In Defense of Marriage: Cake

Loren A. Olson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Loren A. Olson, M.D.

Doug and I have been together 23 years. Even though he's been a part of my grandchildren's lives since they were born, I can't fault my granddaughter for thinking same-sex marriage is weird.

Elise Foley

Democrats Aim For Repeal Of Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats launched a repeal effort against the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, introducing companion bills in both chambers of Con...

President Obama's Maine Chance to Make the Case

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

On Saturday, Obama has the opportunity -- and I believe the obligation -- to speak in moral as well as concrete terms about non-gay people's stake in ending the exclusion and discrimination gay people endure.